A stout generally tastes like a stout, and the same with a porter. Dark beers, however, run the gamut. They’re like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates. I love trying out new dark ales or black beers, because it’s anybody’s guess what you’re going to get.
Moorehouse’s Black Cat called to me from its lonely perch in the refrigerator case. It was a lone bottle, waiting for someone to give it a good home. It had come all the way from England. I obliged.
Black Cat is a dark ale that tastes a tiny bit like a stout – a very mild one. It has the ale characteristic of not having much taste, at least compared to most dark beers. We’re talking a tame, cute black cat (Fig. 1), rather than a witch’s pet or the evil, insane kind (Fig. 2).
This Black Cat is more tangy than sweet, but the flavor isn’t very strong either way. It’s very smooth, with not much aftertaste. Apparently it won some awards in 1998. Meh.